A MAN has been banned from the road after admitting to driving with drugs in his system.

Derek Christopher Gray, of Robin Square, Newtown, pleaded guilty to drug driving when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates Court.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, told the court that Gray, 54, was driving a Peugeot on the A470 in Llandinam when he was pulled over by a police officer at 2pm.

The officer noticed a slight smell of cannabis, and Gray's eyes were glazed.

In a roadside test Gray proved positive for 3.7 microgrammes of cannabis. The legal limit is two microgrammes.

Owain Jones, defending, said Gray was fully co-operative with the police.

He said: "He consumed cannabis on the Tuesday but was stopped on the Saturday. It stays in the system for a long time.

"My client does not take cannabis often but wheh he does t is to relive pain he suffers in his back after a heart attack last October, as he is not allowed to take certain medication."

Chair of the magistrates bench Stephen Pembroke gave Gray a £150 fine and banned him from driving for 12 months.

He will also pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.